Apple has unveiled plans for a lower-priced 9.7-inch iPad, a move seen as an attempt to compete with Google's Chromebook. The new model will be released to schools for $299, a comparable price to the Chromebook.
After reading a book about "scrapping" during World War II, Amanda Purdy's third-grade class at an Oklahoma elementary school used Skype to connect with the National World War II Museum in Louisiana and began a recycling campaign. The students posted their projects on social media and were featured as the Class of the Month on the museum's blog.
Some schools are using social media app Snapchat to encourage students to experiment with new forms of storytelling in journalism and marketing classes. Educators suggest creating a written policy that would include a social media user guide and tips for best practices.
Indiana high-school students will have the opportunity to explore IT careers by managing a technology help desk. The help desk staff will troubleshoot their fellow students' tech problems and maintain a team website, Twitter account and blog.
Wireless and streaming technologies are bringing big changes to audio-visual services on college and university campuses, say IT experts. Trends include streaming AV content, improved projectors and better AV technology for collaboration.
Middle- and high-school students at California's Paso Robles Joint Unified School District will soon be able to take most of their classes online. The online academy will offer such courses as math and English as well as preparatory classes for the ACT, SAT and PSAT, officials said.
A Twitter video showing a high-school senior asking his best friend's younger sister, who has Down Syndrome, to the prom has attracted almost 500,000 likes and been retweeted over 100,000 times. The senior wears a T-shirt that says on the front, "I know I'm NACHO your typical Dorito but..." with the back saying, "I'm going to be CHEESY and ask: will you go to prom with me?"
Officials in a Virginia school district are using Google Classroom for effective and convenient professional development for teachers, according to Tina Weaver, director of teaching and learning for Madison County Public Schools. In this commentary, she describes how teachers complete the modules according to their pace and schedule.
Officials in New York City plan to spend more than $12 million this year and another $14.8 million next year to fix an online system that supports more than 190,000 students with disabilities in the city's schools. Critics say the costly system is responsible for students missing out on needed services.
Teachers don't have to be the technology "guru" for students, according to National Board Certified Teacher Tricia Ebner. In this commentary, she shares three ways she has dealt with being overwhelmed by technology by changing her thinking about the subject.
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